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Tuesdays 6-7 pm.

 

What does it feel like to move in and suspend in the air? This is your class, designed for those who are new to the aerial experience. Here is your opportunity to learn fundamental aerial skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will practice in the straight silks as well as on the floor, developing the body skills so important to being successful, having fun and enriching your mind/body connection. We will focus on the basic skills, which include but are not limited to: learning how to handle the silks, body alignment, safe entry and dismount, basic climbs and foot locks, and inversions. With practice, your entire body, not just upper body and core, will develop strength, flexibility, alignment and stamina.

Please let your instructor know of any injuries. Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart-conditions, fused spine, pregnancy beyond doctor recommendation. Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. Jewelry off. T-shirts on!

Please pre-register for class at least half an hour in advance. Space is limited and setup time for the silks is necessary.

Sharlene Bliss

Sharlene’s aerial practice brings balance, joy and creativity to her life, and she thrives on the focus, systemic movement and neuro-muscular pathways that develop in the body.

She started her aerial education in 2010 at Samadhi Hawaii, where she is privileged to continue her practice as a student under the guidance of Samadhi’s experienced dance and aerial arts professionals. She is an aerial teacher at Samadhi Hawaii, focusing on dance trapeze. She is also member of Samadhi’s Apprentice Company. Her training also includes the introduction to aerial teaching through NECCA (New England Center for the Circus Arts), and she has participated in numerous aerial workshops, including a trapeze workshop with Susan Murphy of Marsh Studio.

Sharlene complements her aerial practice with Nia and other mind-body movement formats. She is a certified Nia Black Belt teacher, and has been teaching Nia since 2004. She is an Aquatic Exercise Association certified aqua instructor, has received her RYT-200 yoga training through Yoga Alliance, and received her aerial yoga training from Leva Aerial Yoga.

 

 

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Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm.

Experience the thrill of applying your skill in the air to different aerial disciplines. In this class, you will practice your skills on various apparatus such as Straight Silks, Hammock, Lyra, Trapeze, as well as in floor exercises and stretching. Learn techniques and strength-building exercises that are relevant to all aerial mediums. As you transfer your skills from one apparatus to another, you discover similarities and differences, as well as where you feel most at home. Aerial apparatus cross training improves core control, grip strength, and upper body strength. Note: it takes more than one class to feel these benefits! Enjoy a fabulous, unique workout with restful, rejuvenating closure.

Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart-conditions, fused spine, pregnancy beyond doctor recommendation. Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. Jewelry off. T-shirt on!

Pre-requisite: Aerial experience and prior teacher approval before the night of your first Mixed Aerial Apparatus class.

Sharlene Bliss

Sharlene’s aerial practice brings balance, joy and creativity to her life, and she thrives on the focus, systemic movement and neuro-muscular pathways that develop in the body.

She started her aerial education in 2010 at Samadhi Hawaii, where she is privileged to continue her practice as a student under the guidance of Samadhi’s experienced dance and aerial arts professionals. She is an aerial teacher at Samadhi Hawaii, focusing on dance trapeze. She is also member of Samadhi’s Apprentice Company. Her training also includes the introduction to aerial teaching through NECCA (New England Center for the Circus Arts), and she has participated in numerous aerial workshops, including a trapeze workshop with Susan Murphy of Marsh Studio.

Sharlene complements her aerial practice with Nia and other mind-body movement formats. She is a certified Nia Black Belt teacher, and has been teaching Nia since 2004. She is an Aquatic Exercise Association certified aqua instructor, has received her RYT-200 yoga training through Yoga Alliance, and received her aerial yoga training from Leva Aerial Yoga.

 

 

I’m so proud of one of my dear and longest-known friends on island, Shar! And I’m so glad she has rejoined us at Still & Moving, now to teach aerial classes. She and I began teaching Nia at about the same time, about 2003-4 and worked our way through Black Belt training over the years. Whew!

Shar has since been performing, getting trained and teaching aerial with Samadhi for more than 7 years. She also took teacher trainings at Still & Moving Center: her Aerial Yoga training from Leva Aerial Yoga and Aerial Dance teacher training from NECCA (New England Center for the Circus Arts). Sharlene received her RYT-200 yoga training through Yoga Alliance, and she is also a certified aqua instructor.

Shar is irrepressible and unstoppable. When Shar was a little girl, her grandmother told her she danced “like a stick”, took her out of hula class and bought her a horse instead. I’m guessing the horse was a better teacher than the hula instructor. Shar grew up to become a beautiful, skilled dancer – both on the floor and in the air! And she’s never lost her childlike playfulness that always adds a spark of fun to every class she teaches.

A friend to all, Shar has something good to say to everyone. She believes that the array of mind-body movement formats that she practices bring balance, joy and creativity to her life – not to mention channeling her endless energy!

Look for Shar on our aerial class schedule this month!

Music by Eric Abdul Aziz on tabla & Naike Swai on bamboo flute

Movement with Nia Black Belts: Renée Tillotson, Sharlene Bliss, Krista Hiser and Nadia Fairlamb

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krista niaAn exotic journey into the unknown! Let Nia and the rhythm of the ragas seep into your pores, slowly energize your body, lift you into an exuberant dance of Joy, settle into your soul, and leave you deeply satisfied.

All 4 of Oahu’s Nia Blacks will dive into the river of the unknown, leading you through original, spontaneous choreography on this special occasion. Derived from dance, yoga and martial arts, Nia heals the body – mind – spirit connection.

The talking hand drums and bamboo flute will weave their magical rhythms and melodies from the musical tradition of India. Like jazz, Indian ragas are an improvised elaboration upon a musical theme. The ancient rhythms of the ragas are designed to benefit the spirit and body.

Light refreshments provided

Eric Abdul Aziz Always an avid percussionist, Eric Abdul Aziz began the journey of table fourteen years ago at the renowned Ali Akbar College of Music, San Rafael, California under the expert tutelage of table maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Eric continued his tabla training with Ustad Rashid Jamal Bhartiya ofthe Delhi Gharana (musical tradition) in Boulder, Colorado. In 2004, Eric embarked upon the study of the sur bahar under the tutelage of Rashid’s brother, Ustad Roshan Jaragamal Bhartiya, international adjunctprofessor to Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Naike Swai, L.Ac Naike: is originally from Tanzania and studied Indian Bamboo flute, also known as Bansuri with maestro Pandit Harsh Wardhan in New Delhi, India. As Hawaii State Licensed Acupuncturist and practitioner of the healing arts, she believes that sound powerfully integrates our lives. She is honored to share the Bansuri with you!

 

with Sharlene Bliss, Nia Black Belt

Friday, July 5

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Free to Golden Circle Members

Class package or drop-in rate

Space is limited. Reserve your space in advance!

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Nia Time to Play is a special class taught by guest teacher Sharlene Bliss. Join Shar and a visiting group of preschool teachers (not their pre-school students!) for a class of light-hearted fun and frolic. Remember what it was like playing at recess with your friends? Combine that with some great music, a few dance moves and a little yoga and you’ve got the idea of the fun to be had! Says Renée Tillotson, a fellow Nia Black Belt. “Shar’s Nia class taught me how to play again. I had forgotten how to be a kid until I attended Shar’s classes and got to do a jig on a make-believe pirate ship in one song and then hop from lily pad to lily pad in another.” What a way to get work up a good sweat with a lot of giggles and laughs! Just like on the playground: no experience necessary. Great article about Shar & Nia by Paula Rath: http://paularath.com/2012/01/nia-answers-needs-of-shar-bliss/

 


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